Sweet Potato, Carrot & Pumpkin Soup

With such an abundance of root vegetables available in winter there is no excuse for not making a big steaming pot of hearty soup.  This time I chose predominantly sweet potatoes and carrots and threw in some pumpkin to thicken it.  The best addition however was a tin of drained cannellini beans. This gave the…

Arancini

Arancini  are the best food known to man.  Lovely balls of risotto with a hidden treat inside, crumbed then deep-fried, these crunchy balls are sensational and a great way to use up leftovers. We have made them a few times and have just hand rolled them into balls but I am now the proud owner…

Golden Cheesy Baked Vegetables

I recently saw a photo of a vegetable bake on a website and thought it looked so pretty I just had to make something similar.  The contrast in colours is lovely and the combination of vegetables is very tasty. I found I had to stack the vegetables in halves as my tray was quite shallow…

Linguine with Smoked Chicken, Zucchini, Mushrooms & Pesto

Already cooked in a little vacuum sealed packet smoked chicken is a terrific food to keep in the fridge – we put it on pizza, toss it through pasta and add it to creamy risotto. This recipe is a lovely combination of flavours and only takes minutes to make.  Vegetarians can omit the chicken and…

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

We have a Hobbit like passion for mushrooms and eat loads of them.  One of my favourite ways is to stuff them full of lovely things and bake them in the oven. Served with a salad and some garlic bread, this makes a lovely lunch or light dinner.  The flavours can be tweaked but this…

Tortellini Bake

This is another Jamie Oliver recipe – I love his style as it quite general and if you add a bit more of this and little less of that, it stills tastes great! This dish takes very little effort and is a beauty – baked filled pasta – what could be better?  Shoving it all…

Easy Indian Style Roast Chicken

Cauliflowers are plentiful and cheap this time of the year and when combined with that wonderful legume the chickpea and some sweet red onions, creates a delicious healthy base for a chicken dish that can be put together in minutes and thrown in the oven.  I marinated the chicken thighs overnight but 4 hours is enough…

Heavenly Homemade Hamburgers (Aussie Style)

There was a dill from America recently who made the news here by turning up his nose and declaring that Australians didn’t know how to make proper hamburgers!  As you can imagine we were feeling just a bit slighted so decided to make true blue, fair dinkum Aussie Hamburgers.  And we are so glad we…

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good. This…